The Great Water (2005)
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A man near the end of his life relives a crucial period from his youth in this powerful drama. Lem Nikodinoski (Meto Jovanovski) is a prominent Macedonian politician who has suffered a severe heart attack. As Lem drifts between life and death, his mind wanders to his childhood, and he observes his younger self (played by Saso Kekenovski) during his days in a camp for children whose parents were unwilling to embrace Russia's Stalinist regime following World War II. Ariton (Mitko Apostolovski),
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Pic's balance of emotional truth in the hands of a talented cast and charged by Medencevic's lensing and Kiril Dzajkovski's powerfully moody score, reps a bold step forward for Balkan cinema.
It is an impressionistic, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frustrating, window into a culture and country that was long walled off from the West.
All of it, Chingo and Trajkov suggest, goes into shaping a Macedonian national identity uneasily poised between religious longing and ideological resolve.
You leave this film intrigued by its aspiration and not likely to forget the world it's introduced you to.
The Great Water is ultimately about the indomitability of faith, and the Christian symbolism is laid on thick.
Macedonian blockbuster is more successful as a technical accomplishment than as an engaging narrative.
The cinematic version should have focused on the strength of the orphans' tales, without wasting time with story framing.
The Great Water's greatest value is its depiction of a society that was as savagely committed to a false idea as its neighbor nations, but that somehow moved back toward reality -- and humanity -- before the Iron Curtain fell.
The atmosphere of doom and dark destiny is superbly rendered by cinematographer Suki Medencevic whose imagery can only be described as brilliant.
Trajkov's conceit of periodically positioning the elderly Lem as a witness to his misbegotten youth, however, is a distraction, simply because it belongs entirely to Bergman.
Excellent performances by the boys keep you captivated, but by seeing only the beginning and the end of Kekenovski's life, you feel like you're missing a rather interesting middle.
This unusual Macedonian release is engrossing if not always nimbly directed.
A drama revolving around Christian faith and rebellion in an authoritarian Macedonian orphanage after World War II.
Unvarnished, such a true tale packs an emotional wallop. Unfortunately, the way it is done raises unanswered questions.
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